- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) - A King County official has ordered an inquest into the October fatal shooting of a Kirkland man by a police officer.

King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the inquest Tuesday after county prosecutors reviewed the case.

Police say officers responded to reports of a carjacking Oct. 15 in Kirkland and found a 35-year-old armed man later identified as Robert Burgess Jr. Police said Burgess ran away and tried to steal a car by pointing a gun at a driver. An officer who has been with the department for 15 years reportedly later shot Burgess in a struggle for the officer’s gun.

An inquest is generally standard in death cases involving an on-duty law enforcement officer. The goal is to determine the causes and circumstances surrounding the death.

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